India wants local partners

India's presence at this year’s show is being spearheaded by Information Technology & Industries Minister PK Kunhalikutty. The visit reflects growing Kerala interest in the GCC.

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By  Philip Fenton Published  October 13, 2002

India's presence at this year’s show is being spearheaded by Information Technology & Industries Minister PK Kunhalikutty. The visit reflects growing Kerala interest in the GCC.

“Kerala and the Arabian Gulf are traditional trading partners and allies. Our ties go back a long time. Now, we are building new equations on the strength of Kerala’s unmatched strengths in IT,” said Minister Kunhalikutty.

“GCC-based IT companies as well as corporate groups have a great deal to gain through outsourcing from and setting up offshore development centres in Kerala. We are discussing with Non Resident Indians, based in the GCC, for setting up IT and ITES companies in Kerala.

A special ‘Kerala-GCC Package’ is being tailor-made to attract Middle East-based companies and IT professionals to establish a presence in Kerala.”

Kerala is exploring the possibility of strategic alliances with business parks and corporate groups in the GCC region. Already, relationships are evolving in other markets: for example, between Kerala’s Technopark and two of China’s leading technology parks.

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